Congratulations! You’ve decided to join the millions of people who free themselves from painful and unsightly varicose veins. What should you expect after your procedure?
The procedure is safe and effective, and by removing the ineffective veins, blood will now flow more effectively to the heart. Regardless of which method your doctor uses to treat your varicose veins, compression stockings are the first item on the list. In fact, compression stockings (or other types of thromboembolus deterrent garments) are used after all kinds of surgeries, not just varicose vein removal, to prevent blood clots in the legs (Deep Vein Thrombosis) by preventing blood from pooling in the veins. Popular brands of compression stockings are TED hose or Jobst stockings. Most vascular surgeons recommend compression stockings for spider vein removal as well as varicose vein removal.
In addition to compression stockings, compression bandages may be used to increase compression locally after varicose vein treatment. Compression should be applied for at least 4-5 days, but most doctors recommend 10-14 days. The compression will also aid in providing comfort to the area.
Post-treatment bruising is normal, and may take up to 2-3 weeks to fade. While many people report general soreness, or a tingling or burning sensation, you should report any incidences of deep or sharp pain to your doctor immediately, as recovery is generally not painful. Soreness may feel worse in the few days following surgery.
You will be able to eat and return to normal activity after surgery. Your doctor might prescribe a light pain medication. If there are any visible incisions, they usually subside gradually over time. Propping your legs up on a pillow when resting is also helpful.
it is important to resume your normal level of activity or exercise as soon as possible. Your doctor may ask you to increase your normal level of activity by walking or using equipment such as a treadmill. Although it may seem uncomfortable to resume exercise immediately, physical activity will lessen the likelihood of blood clotting and promote faster recovery.
You should be able to resume normal functions such as bathing, lifting and driving within 2 days. Your doctor will advise you regarding how soon you should be returning to work (depending on your job).
If you had simple laser treatment for either spider veins or varicose veins, you can return to your normal life quickly. If you had endovenous laser treatment or vein ligation (stripping), particularly to the larger veins in the legs, your doctor may request a follow up visit for a duplex ultrasound imaging, to ensure that the troublesome veins have properly closed.
While most of our patients at the San Diego Vascular Center are from San Diego (San Diego County) and Orange County, many also travel to us for varicose vein treatment from Riverside County. While you should have someone drive you to and from our facility, it is in no way a hindrance or risk to ride in a car after varicose vein treatment (provided all other post-treatment instructions are followed).
We specialize in diagnosis and treatment for any and all vascular health issues for patients in San Diego County, Orange County and Riverside County. For more information or to set an appointment, please contact us http://sandiegovascularcenter.com/contact-us/